SBS acquires pot doc “California High”

Produced by UK indie Ivy Film, California High looks at issues surrounding the marijuana legalization debate in California ahead of the U.S. state's vote on the issue next year.
September 28, 2015

Australian broadcaster SBS has acquired the documentary California High.

Produced by UK indie Ivy Film, the film looks at issues surrounding the debate to legalize marijuana for recreational use in California ahead of the U.S. state’s vote on the issue in November 2016. SBS will air the film early next year.

The doc features interviews with advocates on both sides of the issue, including pot advocate Allen St. Pierre and anti-drug crusader Kevin Sabet, and takes viewers inside the secret indoor grow rooms of Los Angeles and to mountainous Humboldt County where the plant is grown. Directors Matthew O’Connor and Barnaby O’Connor attempt to go beyond political rhetoric and explore how many individuals against legalization are already growing marijuana in California.

California High has screened at the Newport Beach International Film Festival and at the British Film Institute in London. Distributor Orange Smarty is handling TV sales for the doc, while Parkland Pictures is overseeing feature sales.

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